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What is the least I need to run to maintain my conditioning?

Sometimes you know that you have a very busy time ahead of you, and that you're going to have less time for fitness activities, for whatever reason (work, a new child, etc). My questions is this- ...
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Aerobic exercise: Any updates or comments to the Cooper method?

I read a book published in the 80s (by Kenneth Cooper, MD), Aerobics, in which Dr. Cooper suggests a way of getting fit without risking one's cardiovascular health. He devised a point system of ...
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Which diet helps you best during marathon preparations? [closed]

I am preparing for marathon and I feel the need to change my diet to prepare better for this event. What is your experience? Which changes did in your diet helped you most? What was hardest to give ...
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Stretches and muscle work for Supination or Underpronation

I've recently had issues with my IT Band, did all the stretches and PT. And it did not work. I recently decided to try out my old pair of running shoes(on a whim), that originally were bothering my ...
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Change in eating habits from Half Marathon to 6 mile

For a half marathon I spent the week before carb loading and hydrating. I'm running a 6 mile soon and would like some 5Km races too. How should I change my diet for different length races? Should ...
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How can I analyze my running gait?

They say there are more than one types of step. Is there any exam that can help me know my foot angle/type/format/etc, so i can buy running shoes that are good for my feet?
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How to interpret running metrics [closed]

How do I usefully interpret running metrics? I haven't been running for long. I've got a heart monitor and a GPS watch (all the gear and no idea), but I get a buzz from seeing the metrics anyway. ...
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Heart Rate for a Half Marathon

I've just completed the Newport Half Marathon and had an pretty steady heart rate of 88% of my max. My details are here. Is this good? Generally speaking, what should the heart rate be for a half ...
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Strength Training Suggestions for Long Distance Running

I'm a long distance runner (marathons and longer) and I'm beginning to incorporate strength training into my routine now that I'm in a bit of an off season for my races. My time for training is ...
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How much carbs the day before a marathon?

I'm running my first marathon on Sunday. I read on the internet that you should eat 4 grams of carbs per pound the day before the race. At 185 pounds, I would have to eat 740 grams of carbs! Does ...
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What to do after the R4FL training program?

I am currently following the R4FL training program for running. It trains me to run up to about 60 minutes, but the last two weeks are mostly intervals, sprints and Fartlek runs. where: ...
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Is it worth getting measured for running shoes?

I started jogging a few years ago, it's mostly been a hobby till now, I'm running the silverstone half marathon at the beginning of march. I've only ever spent around £30 on trainers for running, ...
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Heart rates and what they say about you?

A few years ago when training for a duathlon at school (swim, run) we had to train with heart rate monitors on to test what we could run at and how quickly we could drop it back down to a resting ...
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How to avoid blisters while running barefoot?

I have started to run barefoot because no shoe suits my feet perfectly. I ran a half marathon yesterday and made my PB too, I am happy. But during the course of running I developed blisters. I enjoy ...
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Starting running

I've done plenty of high intensity sports training (kickboxing, circuit trainings etc) but never running. This fall I was bitten by the running bug. I started doing around 10km runs once or twice a ...
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Can I cycle or run with shoulder niggles?

I have developed a slight niggle in my right shoulder. Reason could be because of over workout in swimming. The niggle is light pain when I move my shoulders a bit fast with some weight on it. For ...
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How do legs change in response to running?

Background Information: I recently began a running/walking regime that lasts for 30 minutes. I think I run about half the journey and walk the other half of the journey. There are 2 very steep ...
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Will EPO increase my running ability?

I recently read that Lance Armstrong used EPO to win cycling championships. I wish to improve my ability to run long distances quickly. Will taking EPO be good for this, and are there any negative ...
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Improve Timings Running the same Track

I have been walking/running a 4km track each day for the past 7 days, and always finish in a time period of 30 minutes. Prior to this, I had not done any regular running before, but I played a ...
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What precautions to take when running in wintertime?

What are the precautions one should take when running in wintertime (-2 to -10 Celsius, 28 to 14 F)? I want to know in terms of clothing: what is the most appropriate? Should I end a run close to home ...
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How to avoid developing callus wearing vibrams with no socks?

I have been jogging in Vibrams for over 8 months. I used to only do 2-3 miles in them, but have recently started doing 5 miles about 4 times a week. The forefoot of my right foot started developing ...
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How to gain weight? By higher calorie intake or muscle building through exercise?

My BMI is 18.5. Age 24, height 172.5 cm and weight 55 kg. I am undergoing training for triathlon. I swim 3 to 4 days a week (6-8 km in 4.5hrs - 6 hrs). I cycle around 50 km a week in 2.5 hrs. I run ...
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Using a stopwatch for intervals

I have a 30 lap/split memory stopwatch that I got for doing sprints. I thought it would be a little more intuitive, but it doesn't look like stopwatches are really meant to capture what I'm trying to ...
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best way to build cardio endurance?

I was wondering what is the best way to improve my cardiovascular endurance. I am a moderately fit guy and I am going in to the navy In less than a month and a half and I would like to be in the best ...
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How does wiggling your fingers activate your fast twitch muscle fibers?

You may remember hurdler Michelle Jenneke's famous dance where she wiggles her fingers to warm up before the race. In this interview (at 01:11), she reveals that wiggling her fingers activates her ...
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Does your height affect your running?

Somebody small will have less Resistance from the air but take smaller steps then somebody who is tall. Are long people better at long distance runs, small people better in short distance or does it ...
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Apps for Blackberry users? [closed]

I have a blackberry 3G 9105, and was wondering whether there are blackberry users here who have any specific recommendations in terms of running apps? Thanks
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Bodyweight exercises for improving long distance running

I'm looking for bodyweight exercise for improving long distance running, because winter is coming to the Northern Hemisphere. I can still running outside, but sometimes weather is really bad. Do you ...
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If I wear my Fitbit One on a treadmill or elliptical, should I log the activity as well?

The FitBit Activity Tracker (on the website, Android application, and I would presume the iPhone application as well) lets you log various activities so you can track and share them with your friends. ...
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Running first thing in the morning

I am currently training for a marathon. Due to a change in my schedule starting Dec 1, mornings will be the only time I can run. I heard that it takes about an hour for the body to absorb water, so ...
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How to organise a second weekly run session?

I've been asked about organising a run session for my Triathlon club. The club already has a well established run session on a Tuesday night, and would like hold another on Thursday (the one relating ...
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Calf pain / tightens [closed]

When i do a long run (4 miles) or tempo run, I will get a sharp pain suddenly causing me to slow down to a walk. I will then proceed to ice when I get back home. Any ideas what it might be.
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How to design a running program and diet plan for losing fat in a healthy manner?

I have a specific fitness goal that I want to achieve, and I wanted to take the opinion of some Fitness.SE members to ensure that I'm going in the right direction, and if not, what steps should I take ...
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Son walks with feet turned out but bounces on his toes, he runs very slow, but wants to play sports without pain? Any corrective tips? [closed]

My son is 13, 5'10", wears a size 14.5 shoes and has a very tall father and sisters. He hasn't hit his growth spurt yet and I am concerned about his gait and his desire to play sports, but his ...
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Does running reduce the muscle gained by gym workouts?

I go to gym once in 2-3 days, and I have a nice physique except my fatty stomach. Now I have started running daily for half an hour. But some of my friends have suggested to me that I should stop ...
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Running continuously or with a break?

I want to know what would be a better way to run 5 km if you want to lose weight. Running non-stop or taking a 10 minute break every 2.5 km, so my heart rate can go back down?
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Bluetooth Earbuds w/ Controls? [closed]

I'm looking for recommendations for earbuds I can wear while running and working out. Here's my wish list of features: Bluetooth and compatible w/ iPhone Inline controls: volume, play, pause, stop ...
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Always running out of energy when running

I'd love to get some advice on this one. tl;dr: I can't figure out my calorie intake, and often end up dying in the middle of my 5k runs. The longer version: I've been running since ...
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Realistic best time for 5k?

I'd like to get some runner's perspectives on this one. I'm wondering what I might reasonably expect my 5K time to be. I currently run it in 28-29 minutes. I'm 31, 6'2, 200lbs, and I run a maximum ...
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Training for the 40 yard dash

I'm trying to do some fairly simple training to get more in shape for a local informal football league, and from what I have read, the 40 yard dash is a good routine to practice to help improve both ...
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Running after night shift?

I am working the night shift and I usually go for a run after that at about 6 'o'clock in the morning. I don't feel fresh because of the whole night stretch. But the problem is I desperately want to ...
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Breathing Pattern while running

I started jogging/sprinting recently to get my fitness back and increase my stamina. I find that I tire very soon. As in, though my legs are OK to run, I am out of breath far too easily. I wanted to ...
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What is the most effective and least time-consuming structured post-running (and post cooldown) stretching routine?

I've been following Tim Noakes' running program for approximately a week-and-half now: nice program. But I have a major quibble-cum-problem / issue: my post-running stretching routine. ... It's ...
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Custom intervals on treadmills

I have knee and hip problems, so I run intervals. This is just fine when I run outdoors, but it's starting to get cold in Chicago, and within the next month it's going to be dark both before and after ...
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What are equivalent swimming and running speeds?

How do you compare swimming and running speeds? For example, is swimming 100m in 60s comparable to running 1 km in four minutes in terms of effort or in terms the times in races (e.g. map percentiles ...
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Alternatives to CTL, ATL and TRIMP for running?

I'm an avid runner and like so many other runners, I like to get a measurement or number for my current fitness. I use the measurements for two purposes: to see how the different types of exercises ...
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An issue with muscle fatigue without exertion

Condition: After a twenty minute workout consisting of walking only (Week 1, Day 3 listed here) my arm muscles felt unusually fatigued but not sore. Question: What may be the specific problem? (I ...
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Knee pain after summer training [closed]

I did write a long winding entry, but decided to replace it with this. Please help. 23 year old male, 1.80 m, 79 kg Running 3+ years (~75 km/mo) Swimming 2+ years Cycling 1 year This Summer finally ...
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What are the optimum foods and supplements for beginning runners?

I plan to start a running routine using the program listed here to improve my overall fitness. What foods and – if applicable – supplements would be recommended for beginning runners? I.e. a ...
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I run 7 miles in an hour, how can i make it 10 miles in an hour?

I go running twice a week, 7 miles each time and it takes exactly an hour. I have kept this routine for a while (like 5 months). I was expecting that by time I would get faster but it seems I am not ...